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Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudi foils Makkah plot

Amir condemns terrorist plot; Iran, Qatar voice support for Saudi RIYADH: A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Makkah as police disrupted a plot to target…

Qatar says ultimatum unreasonable

Doha given 10 days to comply – Turkey rejects call to shut base DOHA: Qatar yesterday denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an…

IS destroys iconic Mosul minaret

Iraqi PM Abadi calls it an ‘official declaration of defeat’ MOSUL: Mosul’s trademark leaning minaret was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries yesterday after desperate jihadists…

Trump factor seen in naming of new Saudi crown prince

Riyadh welcomes Trump’s attitude towards Iran RIYADH: Closer ties between Saudi Arabia and US President Donald Trump’s administration helped pave the way for a succession shake-up making a 31-year-old prince…

Iran sends 1,100 tons of food to Qatar daily

TEHRAN: Iran is shipping more than 1,000 tons of fruits and vegetables to Qatar every day after Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia cut relations with Doha, Fars news agency…

Turkey sends first cargo ship with aid for Qatar

ISTANBUL: Turkey yesterday sent its first ship loaded with aid for its embattled regional ally Qatar which has been hit by sanctions from Gulf powers led by Saudi Arabia, state…

Saudi king ousts nephew, names son Crown Prince

Amir congratulates Saudi; Former Crown Prince relieved of all posts RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman yesterday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed Bin Salman as Crown Prince, placing him first-in-line to…

Gulf countries prepare for VAT in time of crisis

UBAI: Oil-rich Gulf countries, which for decades have attracted millions of foreign workers thanks to their reputation as tax-free havens, aim to introduce value-added tax in 2018 to plug budget…

Qatar accuses ‘neighbors’ of hack

US ‘mystified’ by failure to justify embargo DOHA: Qatar on Tuesday accused “neighboring countries”, which have cut ties with it, of being behind the alleged cyber attack on Doha’s state…

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque

MOSUL: US-backed Iraqi forces yesterday began a push towards the mosque in Mosul where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago, military officials said. The forces had encircled…

Outcry after Turkish woman assaulted for wearing shorts

ISTANBUL: A Turkish man assaulted a young woman on an Istanbul bus for wearing shorts during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, images showed yesterday, sparking a furore among…

Egypt delivers fuel to Gaza, undercuts Abbas

RAFAH: Egypt began yesterday to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, temporarily easing a crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave’s two million residents with only a few…

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